Chandigarh, June 4
Rodrigues, UT administrator, today made a forceful plea for a collective and action-oriented endeavour for maintaining the ecological balance and to ensure sustainable development by adopting good living practices.

“We have to develop innovative environment-friendly strategies to make a positive contribution to the future of planet earth and to shape a healthy ambience for future generations”, Rodrigues said in a message on the eve of World Environment Day today.

Regarding the theme and slogan for 2008 given by the United Nations Environment Programme, "Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy", General Rodrigues said the issue of climate change was being debated all over the world, in different fora followed by recommendations and suggestions for preserving our environment from the ill-effects of global warming. Rodrigues said the Chandigarh Administration had undertaken various environmental beneficial measures and was promoting solar energy technologies. The administration had constructed cycle tracks in the city to promote the use of bicycles and thereby minimise pollution. Plantation of one million trees during 2008 was another important step to enhance the green cover and mitigate pollution.

He said the administration had already set up a solid waste processing unit equipped with all modern techniques to help maintain the city clean and green. He also impressed upon the industrial community to consider environment aspects at all stages of development and to create products, which will reduce waste and improve their competitive position in the market.

Source: Tribune News Service